Bruce McAllister. The Messenger. (Asimovs, July 2011).

As with the previous story in the issue, a short story that treads well-trodden ground – in this case time travel. McAllister enables his time traveller to go back in time to meet his mother – who died shortly after he was born. There’s a further layer to the story due to the nature of his death, and McAllister handles the story well without tipping into sentimentality, so overall a nice little addition to the time travel story without breaking new ground.

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